Yosemite Tours Frequently Asked Questions

The guests on our tours have a lot of questions. We're always happy to answer any questions you have about Yosemite in general or our tours in particular, but we try to answer some of the most common questions here. If you don't find the answer below, feel free to contact the Concierge.

General Questions

Q: Where do I find out more about the different tour offerings?
A: Our main Yosemite Tours page is the best starting point.

Q: What will I see on the All-Day Yosemite Tour?
A: It is dependent on the season and the current road conditions. When all roads are open, you will see the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia’s, Glacier Point, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome. The tour goes to all of the most scenic and frequented places in the park.

Q: Do I need to book this tour ahead of time?
A: Yes, we recommend booking the tour upon making your hotel reservation. Tours often sell out.

Q: What differentiates your tours from others in the area?
A: We have a one of kind, customized tour bus. It is a converted Mercedes Sprinter Van. It is equipped with ‘panoramic viewing capability’. The ceiling and sides of our buses are all glass, creating unobstructed views of the park from every angle. Weather permitting, it also has the capability to roll back the roof for a full ‘open air’ experience.

Q: Where do the tours pick up?
A: Our tour leaves from the valet area, in front of Tenaya Lodge. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the departure time to insure the tour leaves on time.

Q: Do the buses have bathrooms?
A: The buses do not have bathrooms, but we do make stops along the way that have restroom facilities.

Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Only service animals are welcome.

Q: What should I wear?
A: This is dependent on the time of year. Yosemite and the surrounding areas experience all four seasons. You can check the weather forecast at https://www.weather.gov/

Q: What age is required on the tours?
A: All ages are welcome! There is no age requirement on the tour.

Q: Can I bring a car seat?
A: Yes, absolutely. Please let us know ahead of time if you need us to provide a car seat.

Q: Can I put my child on my lap?
A: For the safety of all our passengers, we require everyone to have their own seat on the tour, regardless of age.

Q: Can I bring a stroller?
A: We're sorry, but we do not have a safe place to store strollers during the tour.

Q: Where do I learn more?
A: Our main Yosemite Tours page has an overview of every tour and some photos to whet your appetite. But nothing compares to seeing it for yourself!

Questions about the All-Day Yosemite Tour

Q: Where do I find out more about the All-Day Tour (times, pricing, etc)?
A: Please see the All-Day Yosemite Tour main page for the basic details.

Q: During my stay, what day should I take the All-Day Yosemite Tour?
A: The first full day of your stay at Tenaya Lodge, is best. The tour introduces Yosemite National Park. You can decide where you would like to spend more time in Yosemite for the rest of your day.

Q: What is included in the price of the tour?
A: The price includes an experienced tour guide, cold water, and transportation to the most scenic locations in Yosemite while in a panoramic-style bus.

Q: Will I be on the bus the entire day for the All-Day Yosemite Tour?
A: Actually, there is more time off the bus than on the bus. You will spend 30-45 minutes at Glacier Point, 15 minutes at Tunnel View, 30 minutes at Bridalveil Falls, an hour and a half in Yosemite Valley, and an hour and a half at The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia’s. There is adequate amount of time at each location to stretch your legs, take photos and take in the scenery.

Q: Where do I have lunch on the All-Day Yosemite Tour?
A: While in Yosemite Valley, you will stop at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. There is a cafeteria here called Base Camp Eatery, with several different types of food to accommodate a wide range of preferences and many special needs.

Q: Is there opportunity for hiking on the All-Day tour?
A: Yes, there opportunities for some short walks, but it is not required.

Q: Is there opportunity for shopping on this tour?
A: Yes, but it is not primarily a shopping tour. The shopping opportunities are limited.

Questions about the Glacier Point Starry Skies Tour

Q: Where do I find out more about the stargazing tour (times, pricing, seasons)?
A: Please see the Glacier Point Starry Skies Tour page for details.

Q: During my stay, what day should I take the Starry Skies Tour?
A: This depends on your arrival time. The Starry Skies Tour will get back to the Lodge fairly late. So if you have a big day on your arrival day, it may be best on your second night.

Q: Will I see the Milky Way?
A: This will depend on the weather and the phase of the moon. On a hazy, full-moon night, it may not be visible. In general, though, most nights the Milky Way is visible from Glacier Point. Of course, it is most striking on a clear night with a new moon.

Q: Will this tour go out regardless of weather?
A: The goal is to see the stunning night sky far from the city lights. In times of bad visibility due to cloud cover or excessive smoke, we reserve the right to cancel this tour.

Questions about the Glacier Point Sunset Tour

Q: Where do I find out more about the sunset tour (times, pricing, seasons)?
A: Please see the Glacier Point Sunset Tour page for details.

Q: Will I see the sunset?
A: This might sound strange, but no, not exactly. The view from Glacier Point faces east and the sun will be behind the mountain. So why in the world is there a sunset tour? Because as the sun sets to the west, it illuminates Half Dome with alpenglow. It's a beautiful, peaceful time and typically has the nicest views of Half Dome. If you're lucky (usually when there's a bit of haze), the setting sun will light Half Dome up a bright orange, but we can never know in advance just how orange it will be.

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Line drawing of mountains and pine trees

Learn more about any of our tours by choosing your favorite from the tours listed here. Subject to availability. Some tours only available seasonally and tours often sell out in the high season.

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Yosemite Falls in springtime from Chapel Meadow
A great overview of the park with an experienced guide to show you the best of Yosemite.
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Starry night sky seen through pine trees
The dark skies at Glacier Point, far from city lights and up at 7,000 feet give and incredible view of the night sky.
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Half Dome at sunset from Glacier Point
Sunset is a special time at Glacier Point, as the setting sun illuminates Half Dome
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